The Eagles doubled down on what was already one of the league’s most dominant defensive lines this month by trading for Michael Bennett. The former Seahawks pass rusher represents the capstone piece to an absurd collection of talent. The 32-year-old vet is fresh off a season in which he racked up 8.5 sacks, and now joins a defensive front that also features second-team All-Pro defensive tackle Fletcher Cox (above); a trio of productive edge rushers in Brandon Graham, Derek Barnett, and Chris Long; and a pair of immovable war daddies in Timmy Jernigan and the recently signed Haloti Ngata. Bennett declared that Philly “can have one of the greatest defensive lines to ever play the game.”

So, is Bennett right? Well, it’s always difficult to compare different eras, and it’ll be tough for Philly to stack up to many of the league’s legendary squads, whether we’re talking about the ’85 Bears’ front or the handful of lines so dominant they earned nicknames like the Purple People Eaters, the Steel Curtain, the Fearsome Foursome, and the New York Sack Exchange. So let’s narrow the scope a little bit, stick to this century, and take a look at the relative contemporaries this Eagles defensive line must compete with. Obviously, the first step is to outshine last year’s group, which led the NFL in quarterback pressures and gave up a league-low 79.2 rush yards a game. Then, they’ll have to contend with these 20 teams, the most talent-packed, sack-happy defensive fronts assembled over the past 18 seasons:

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